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Nba Endgame: Do Salaries Matter?

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  • Frank TENKORANG

    () (Department of Economics, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849, USA)

  • Bree L. DORITY

    () (Department of Economics, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849, USA)

  • Eddery LAM

    () (Department of Economics, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849, USA)

Abstract

This paper estimates the association between salary dispersion and the probability that an NBA team leading two minutes before the end of a playoff game won the game. Economic theory indicates the a priori relationship is ambiguous and the existing empirical literature finds mixed results as to the direction of the relationship. We use game-level data from the 2012 and 2013 NBA playoffs and allow the association to be nonlinear. Overall, our results indicate there may be U-shaped relationship between salary dispersion and win probabilities; however, the point estimates individually and jointly are not statistically significant. Thus, we conclude there is no evidence in our sample that salary dispersion and NBA win probabilities are related.

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  • Frank TENKORANG & Bree L. DORITY & Eddery LAM, 2014. "Nba Endgame: Do Salaries Matter?," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 14, pages 51-62, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:revebs:y:2014:d:14:tenkorangf
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    Keywords

    Salary dispersion; labor economics; National Basketball Association;

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations

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